The 14 & Under Touring Team in Europe offer the first taste of travelling as part of a group to play and train abroad for a considerable period of time as they attend tournaments throughout the height of the European summer in July and August.
The exact composition of the teams change each year but in the recent past there have been players from South America, Africa, Asia and Europe as well as International teams.
The 2012 Teams
Asian, South American and African Teams
Three separate teams, comprising 31 players from 18 countries, completed a successful five-week trip to Europe winning 12 titles and contesting 15 finals on the ITF Tour to Young Stars, part of the Tennis Europe 14 & under circuit.
The ITF/ATF Asian team was by far the most successful squad, accounting for all 12 of the titles. The Chinese pairing of Siqi Cao and Jiaqi Ren won the girls' doubles at the first four tournaments in Paris, Velp, Rueil-Malmaison and Cologne. Cao also lifted the girls’ singles trophy in Rueil-Malmaison and in Hasselt in the final week. Teammates Do Hee Bae and Napharat Sawangkaew were girls' doubles finalists in Hasselt.
The boys’ singles titles at four of the events were shared between Koreans Yun-Seong Chung and Chan-Yeong Oh, and Tung-Lin Wu of Chinese Taipei, all ATF team members. Wu and Djurabek Karimov were also boys’ doubles finalists at the BNP Paribas Cup in Paris.
African team members Hana Mortagy and Chisomo Lumeta were runners-up in the girls’ and boys’ singles consolation events respectively in Velp. Teammate Sara Ismail reached the girls’ doubles final with her partner Ines Ibbou in Rueil-Malmaison before being defeated by Chinese players Cao and Ren.
2012 Full Tour Schedule
European Team to Germany
In 2012 the ITF/Tennis Europe 14 & Under Touring Team spent four weeks in Germany, involving four Category 1 and 2 tournaments and a training camp in Cologne where they had two days to train and to get to know each other before going on to the first tournament.
Denys Klok reached the finals of the first event in Cologne after defeating some impressive competition including the number 2 seed, before losing in the finals.
The following week in Ulm produced good results with Alp Sentay lifting the boys’ singles trophy while Bojan Jakulovski and Neykov reached the boys’ doubles finals. On the girls’ side, Anastasia Detiuc lost to the number one seed, Anna Kalinskaya in the finals after a close match 36 64 16. Vera Lapko reached the semifinals before falling to the eventual winner. Detiuc and Natalya Malenko then teamed up to win the girls’ doubles event.
The tour continued in Eching where Klok reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles despite having sustained an injury. Detiuc and Malenko had another successful week in doubles winning the girls’ event with an impressive win over Alissia Gleixner and Anastasia Zarytska.
At the prestigious Mercedes Jugend Cup in Renningen, Klok once again showed that he is one of Europe’s best players in his age category by taking the boys’ singles title. Klok and Mattias Siimar then teamed up for the first time in the doubles tournament, which proved to be a winning combination. The girls were not short of success either with Detiuc and Malenko scoring a hat trick by winning the doubles event with a convincing win over the number one seeds.
The players were joined on the tour by coaches Goran Shevchenko and Petar Danolic.
2012 Full Tour Schedule
|28 - 29 July:
||Training Camp, Cologne, Germany
|30 July - 5 Aug:
||Cologne Junior Tennis Cup, Cologne, Germany
|6 - 12 August:
||LBS Cup Tennis Mueller Junior Cup 2012, Ulm, Germany
|13 - 19 August:
||Bavarian Junior Open, Eching, Germany
|20 - 26 August:
||Mercedes Jugend Cup, Renningen, Germany